Should I See a Massage Therapist During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy can take a toll on your body. As your body changes and grows to accommodate a baby, the pressure on your lower back and spine can cause constant discomfort in the last trimester.
If you are feeling pressure and discomfort, seeing a prenatal massage therapist might be a good idea! While it is not necessary, it is a safe, natural option to relieve your pain and discomfort without resorting to medication.
As always, you should confer with your healthcare provider before adding massage therapy to your care plan. It is also super important to ensure that you’re going to a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal bodies to ensure your and your baby’s safety.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal massages have the following benefits:
- Regulates your hormones by reducing stress hormones and elevating relaxation hormones
- Reduces swelling around your joints and in your feet that often occurs due to compromised blood circulation, which is improved via regular massaging
- Helps reduce nerve inflammation, which alleviates pain
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Promotes better sleep
- Increases the likelihood of better pregnancy outcomes and uncomplicated birth
How does prenatal massage differ from normal massage?
You should opt for a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage because these therapists know how to safely maneuver your body to avoid complications or injuries. They know how to position you safely and avoid any kind of strain on your uterus.
These specialists are also well aware of danger signs to look out for. For example, if you have swelling in only one foot, you might have a blood clot. In such cases, you need immediate medical attention as any movement is dangerous.
Apart from safety, prenatal massage therapists also know what parts of your body require special attention to alleviate the discomfort that you’re feeling.
They also have special tables designed for pregnant bodies so you are not laying on your stomach.
Does Birth Center Stone Oak offer massage therapy?
We offer prenatal massage through Abundant Life Chiropractic.
They believe prenatal massage throughout pregnancy can reduce some of the discomforts of pregnancy, including aches and stress, and promote overall wellness.
Here’s their availability:
- 1st Monday of the Month: 2 – 6 pm
- Subsequent Wednesdays: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Appointments are available to our clients.
Please call 210-434-5772 for insurance questions, fees, and scheduling.